cedar island bus and booksThe 2016-2017 school year may be almost in the books, but for some students at Cedar Island Elementary, books have been a very real part of their bus rides all year.

In an effort to encourage students to be quieter during their daily commutes, Perry May, a First Student bus driver for Osseo Area Schools, devised a reading incentive that has yielded impressive results. He encouraged students to read by offering them a “bus buck” for every book they completed while on the bus. During the last three months of school, students on bus #222 completed 113 books, bringing their yearly total to 172 books.

As an added incentive, May and his wife donated $1 per book read to the Cedar Island Elementary PTO to purchase books for the school’s media center.

KARE 11 reporter Lindsey Seavert recently rode along with May and his students to learn more about the ‘Read While You Ride’ program. Watch the KARE 11 story

Photo by Ben Garvin of KARE 11.